Author ORCID Identifier

Clinkinbeard - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1839-2877

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

The Social Science Journal

Volume

46

Issue

1

First Page

111

Last Page

123

Abstract

The AMBER alert system is likely affected by a number of psychological processes, yet remains understudied. The system assumes people will remember Alert information accurately and notify police, but psychological research on related phenomena (e.g., memory, willingness to help) indicates that people may not be able or willing to act in ways the promote the success of the system. In addition, the system is intended to deter child abductions, however, the system could prompt copycat crimes from perpetrators seeking publicity. The system could also cause a precipitation effect in which a perpetrator who sees the Alert could decide to murder the child immediately to avoid capture. Policy recommendations are made based on psychological research and theory, although more research is needed to develop the most effective system possible.

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Social Science Journal on 2009, available online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2008.12.004

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